thehoff (569) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off I love when I can pour a beer whose head rises a good inch from the rim of the glass. Yeast looks like cinnamon on top of a whipped cream topping on my beer. Nice belgian white look. I love the bottle and the pink elephants and the strutting crocodiles which I could probably write about all day because they look so proper and the dragons give such an eastern flair to this thing that it should be from India or the orient. After all of this rambling my beer still hasn't reached the point of drinkability. What a circus of a bottle really--wonderful and dumbo like. I feel like it's when he accidentally drank the bottle of booze and got so wound up crazy high that he saw pink elephants and what not. Crazy little movie and still a great bottle. Since 1654, really. That is definitely a long time and if I don't like the taste of this beer it is three hundred and forty nine wasted years in the making of this beer. In the ideal world pink elephants, dragons, and crocodiles would all get along together dancing together with golden doves flying over their heads. ANYWAY. This beer smells wonderful, like bubble gum banana, apple peel and citrus notes. This beer really is a awesome tasting beer. It is fruity and tart, and on the other hand hoppy and bitter. This is one of the best beers I have had the privilege to rate. There is such a strong flavor here and yet I am yet to taste the alcohol. I will have to rerate this at another date because I have been sneezing for the last few minutes and I cannot give an adequate rating with my nose in this condition. Even with my snoz in this state this is a tremendous beer. Generously carbonated. It burns the back of your throat. Warms your entire body. And the pink elephants dance with the crocodiles and dragons, like all the races of the world together forever. Sorry about the rambling. Have fun tonight. Amen.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2004 On tap. Amazing. I don't know if this was just the galss or what, but there was a tower of bubbles coming from the center of the glass all the way up which did not die until the beer was gone. Golden color with nice big head. Fruit/citrus aroma. Maybe just a hint of malt. Simply excellent.
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Belgian deliciousness. A bit on the yeasty side, but that's ok. Way better than some of the other beers from Huyghe.
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Something about this beer didn't really seem right to me. It started off good with a decent color and think head and nice fragrance. It seemed to have a slight mint hint to me, which may or may not be true - its just what I tasted. Not a bad beer by any means, but a little less than I expected.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Monks Cafe in Philly. This was a little boring. Tasted like any other Strong Ale. Did pick up the alcohol however.
randomdude (8) - Yorktown Heights, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had to try this beer. It was rated #1 in many books I read. Was not dissapointed. Not the best beer but very complex escpecially for a lighter belgian ale. Surprisingly high abv which is hidden behind a fruity and citris flavor. Nice rich head with a correct pour. Rich golden color and the aroma is indicative of the complex flavor. A very good beer, maybe not the best but close
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours golden colour witha good sized head. Lots of sweet fruity notes and first, but as the glass warms the alcohol starts to dominate the flavour.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong peach, apricot aroma. Orange yellow/gold color with large white fluffy head and good carbonation. Flavor was strong with malt peach, and citrus esters and a nice dry finish. A bit too sweet for my taste but not a bad Belgian ale. Palate was thick and full with an overly sweet tone that took away from the dry finish. This beer is very much like a desert.
sloth (2337) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small white head, short lived. Clear gold/yellow color. Medium body. Slight nose, fruity, malty honeyish. Sweet malt flavors, spicey. Finish is sweet, you can feel it warming as it goes down.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. For some reason I just never drank this stuff even though it's been available to me for like a year. I think it's because it's more expensive than most beers and for some reason I'm cheap about it. But last night my company had an open tab at a good beer bar in Austin. Score! The specimen in question is blonde with a very even and nice-looking head. It has a fruity aroma with peaches and pineapples being the most prominent. Very hoppy and crisp but sweet. A bit of graininess in the finish made this beer a little bit of a disappointment, however.